The Book of the Website

Posted by Alex Lee on 1 August 2008 | 97 Comments

Tags: Apple IIGS coffee table book

At the same time as I’ve been collating and preparing the new ‘What is the Apple IIGS?’ website I’ve also been preparing a coffee table book of the same title.

My aim is that it will be the most comprehensive visual history of any Apple computer, including its dedicated software, hardware, periodicals and books, honouring the work of everyone who made the platform a joy to use.

I intend the book to be of premium quality, using my skills as a professional graphic designer. I hope that this recorded slice of Apple history will be as good, if not better than the existing books ‘Apple Design: The Work of the Apple Industrial Design Group’ and ‘Apple T Shirts’.

To give you more of an idea, this is what the book WON’T be:

1) It will include a brief introductory chapter dedicated to the 8-bit Apple II, but the book will not focus on the fact the IIGS can run 8-bit software. Covering the 8-bit Apple II would require an effort ten times that of which is already required to produce a book dedicated to IIGS specific products.

2) Too text heavy. As a coffee table book, text will be kept to a minimum with only introductions being made to different facets of the IIGS. The pictures will speak louder than words.

This is a project I have been doing in my spare time, simply because I love doing it. The book may take another 12 months, 2 years… or even longer to complete (I hope not, for my own sanity). Currently, I have no set deadline, as visual assets are still being collected then retouched within Photoshop. Such a time will come however when no more material will be collected and final layouts will be produced.

Of course, one sure fire way the book can get into everyone's hands faster is if you’re able to contribute to the site. Check out the 'You Can Help' section, or as you browse each archive, you can see which elements are missing for which you might be able to fill in.

If you’re curious about such a book, email me with your interest! This will encourage me on! Don’t think of this as a pre-order, merely your expression of interest. I’m sure I’ll take pre-orders when I know when the final book is printed and ready to ship.

- Alex

Post your comment


  • Definitely interested....Great site, too.

    Posted by Jamie Steffens, 11/12/2008 2:33pm (10 years ago)

  • I would love to see a IIGS coffee table book. I grew up with a IIGS as my primary computer... it would be awesome to have an easy way to show people what the heck I'm talking about when I reminisce. :-)

    Posted by Phil Culliton, 03/12/2008 6:47pm (10 years ago)

  • Good luck!

    Posted by Bill Loguidice, 01/12/2008 1:36am (10 years ago)

  • Can't Wait

    Posted by Mark Frischknecht, 30/11/2008 3:32am (10 years ago)

  • Your site is an amazing resource. Consider integrating (or referencing) the also-excellent IIgs section of the "Virtual Apple" site @ I have returned again and again to the "What Is ..." site and especially like the latest content updates and tweaked navigation. Great work. If you put out that book - I'll buy it!!

    Posted by ethan, 21/10/2008 7:01pm (10 years ago)

  • thanks much, guy

    Posted by Pahattepay, 06/10/2008 12:05am (10 years ago)

  • nice work, man

    Posted by frorielobby, 28/09/2008 12:22pm (10 years ago)

  • i am gonna show this to my friend, bro

    Posted by ticsmids, 22/09/2008 6:32am (10 years ago)

  • My first Apple ][ GS was in 1981. Easy to learn, easy to use. I talk many others to use computers on this machine. I still have and use mine on occasion. I am still in an Apple club that has moved on, but I still like
    my Apple ][ GS.

    Posted by Mack A. Duncan, 20/09/2008 10:13pm (10 years ago)

  • The IIGS Coffe Table Book you're working on sounds mad cool man! I never had a IIGS, guess I got started a little late. But I have 3 now... Currently in the process of trying to find parts and mods for them. What a way-cool machine! Ensoniq Synth Chip built right in! My first computer was a Mac SE. Funny story behind it is -- I got the thing in a garbage bag. The previous owner couldn't/wouldn't take the time to figure it out. In this day and age, with all the recent developments in technology/computers, it's hard to believe how far things have come (i.e. 8MB RAM in '92-'94 for ~300-400 bux vs. ~80 bux for a 1GB RAM chip now!) It makes me long for the good 'ole days. You know, the BBS scene (running my BBS - Utopia), Floppy Disks, the community aspect in general, etc, etc.

    Anyways, just wanted to give you a shout out and tell you to keep fighting the good fight! You're site is an invaluable resource for people like me, and I wanted to let you know I really appreciate your time and efforts! Apple all the way!

    BTW: I do graphic/web design too! Thanks Apple & Adobe!

    Hope to see your book available soon... You've definately got me interested!


    PSYCOSiS, gremlin, pixpusher
    Former SysOp of Utopia BBS (315) 656-4660
    Syracuse, NY

    Posted by Ryder Jerew, 30/08/2008 7:57am (10 years ago)

RSS feed for comments on this page | RSS feed for all comments